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Researching Careers

General Career & Occupational Research

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this inclusive guide provides information about occupations including typical duties, work environment, training & education, salary information and job outlook.
  • O*NET On-Line: Interactive and accessible occupational information.
  • 16 Career Clusters: Career clusters identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace, so students can learn in school and what they can do in the future.
  • CareerOneStop's Toolkit: Profiles of over 750 specific occupations, including salary information by state and county. This site also has Career Videos On-Line
  • CityTownInfo: Find information about various careers within U.S. communities.
  • See a list of certification examinations for various career fields and learn more about what these exams entail. Includes sample questions.
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services: The Department licenses and regulates 132 different types of credentials in more than 58 professional fields. Learn more about educational and licensing requirements for occupations ranging from Substance Abuse Counselors and Nursing Home Administrators to Real Estate Professionals and Funeral Directors.
  • U.S. News & World Report Rankings: Rankings include The 100 Best Jobs, Best Paying Jobs, and Best Jobs within various industries such as Business, Healthcare, Technology and more.
  • Check out "What Can I Do With this Major?" to research various career fields associated with majors!

Career Videos 

  • CareerOneStop's Career Video Collection: Browse these videos to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels.
  • RoadTripNation (PBS Series): View interviews with various professionals to learn how they paved their career path in a wide variety of career fields and industries.
  • Vault Career Q&A Videos: Over 1600 videos with no-nonsense advice from working professionals on 160+ careers - with new videos added regularly. To access, create your FREE Vault account for access anytime, anywhere.

Employment Projections

Often times, students might wonder about career trends and what jobs are in highest demand. Here are some resources to help you research employment projections and trends:


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